Objects on loan from the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures have been sprinkled throughout the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City. The miniatures are on loan while the Toy Museum undergoes renovation. It will reopen in the spring of 2015.
Some of the miniatures on view are replicas of works in the permanent collection of Nelson-Atkins. All are masterful examples of the art of miniaturization. Artists visit museum collections and carefully study originals. The artists often use the same materials as those in the full-size work, but sometimes they must make substitutions or alter details in order to serve the illusion of reality. These precisely-made replicas capture the essence of an object or room, and artists spare no attention to detail in creating them.
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures preserves and exhibits one of the largest toy collections on public display in the United States and the largest fine-scale miniature collection in the world.
The Nelson-Atkins hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday/Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call 816-751-1278 or visit www.nelson-atkins.org . For information about the Toy Museum, call 816-235-8000 or visit www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org .